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The HfP chat thread – Saturday 26th December

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We have decided to run this daily chat thread on Head for Points during the coronavirus outbreak.

Historically, the daily ‘Bits’ articles were the de facto repository for random comments and questions.  With the news flow being lighter, we are running fewer ‘Bits’ articles.

The comments under this article are where you should post questions about travel and, indeed, anything else on your mind.  At this tricky time, and given that many of you are at home, we want the HfP community to have a place to chat.

Please only comment under the main articles on the site if your comment is directly related to the topic of the article.  This has long-term benefits as it keeps the commentary relevant for people who read those articles in the future.

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Comments (99)

  • Anna says:

    https://www.pressreader.com/

    EHIC to be replaced by “GHIC” which will give the same cover, apparently. Still not the same as proper travel insurance, obviously!

    • Anna says:

      Those I suppose it might reassure anyone travelling to Europe whose insurance doesn’t cover Covid.

      • John says:

        EHIC still valid until expiry date (in my case end of 2023) thankfully. Don’t think they’ve decided what the replacement card will cover/where it will be accepted yet.

  • Venturelog says:

    For those that utilised the Morrison’s & Virgin shopping points, have they been posted on to your Virgin Flying account? It’s been over 45 days and although they show as pending on Virgin shopping, they haven’t posted on to the Virgin app.
    Thank you

  • chabuddy geezy says:

    Has anyone used the Boots PCR testing to enter the Maldives? Any issues?

  • David says:

    How have people got asking hotels to process charges in advance for the Marriott 400 offer?

    E.g. Grosvenor House?

  • aDifferentSimon says:

    When do finnair flights get added to the reward bucket? Is it the same +355 days as BA? thanks

    • Nick says:

      No, it’s whenever Finnair choose to release them. Very few FFPs are as generous as BA in this regard (believe it or not!) and release entirely at their own discretion, not with any formal guarantee, allowance or timing. I believe AY releases space based on expected and realised demand, so it’s unlikely to be when flights open for sale.

      • aDifferentSimon says:

        Thanks for the comprehensive answer!

      • Rob says:

        Finnair had also moved to restrict Business Class redemptions, if you do a search under Finnair.

        • Michael C says:

          Yep, couldn`t find ANYthing in business for my cancelled Dec. flights to Rovaniemi, and I looked a lot throughout the year! Loads of economy, though.